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The Complete Guide to Wedding Musicians The Cemplete Guite to Witding Musiciars AVERAGE COST RANGE PER MUSICIAN: $200-500 Initial Hour A Sound Investment in Your Wedding Why Music Matters Choose the Tone Choose the Venue Organist Classtcal Duo, Trio, Quartet REFLECTIVE Şoloist Indoor Ceremony Piano Keyboard Outdoor Ceremony SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN Vocalist Choirs Small Band Ensembles Cocktail Reception Cover Band Small Jazz Combo Sit-Down Dinner FESTIVE Latin/World Band Big Band Specialty Band Dancing WHERE TO FIND MUSICIANS WEDDING FORUMS AND WEBSITES MUSICIANS UNIONS ORCHESTRAS CONSERVATORIES MUSIC VENUES UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENTS BRIDAL ASSOCIATIONS FESTIVALS MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER LISTINGS WHAT TO LOOK FOR Can be a qualified amateur, student musician, or full-time professional Perşonable Prepared PROFESSIONALISM Informative Punctual Musicality SKILL Technique Lots of it EXPERIENCE Tailoring to the moment Tailoring to yOu 5 Popular Songs for Each Moment CEREMONY RECEPTION PRELUDES Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley Ave Maria - Franz Schubert Arioso - J. S. Bach Edelweiss – Richard Rodgers Flower Duet (Lakme) - Leo Delibes INTROS I Got a Feeling - Black Eyed Peas Forever - Chris Brown Everlaşting Love - Carl Carlton Beautiful Day - U2 This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) - by Natalie Cole PROCESSIONALS Canon in D Major – Johann Pachelbel Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) – Richard Wagner Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J. S. Bach Reminiscent Joy - The O'Neill Brothers Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke CEREMONY You Raise Me Up - As popularized by Josh Groban All I Ask of You -'Andrew Lloyd Webber Hymne – Vangelis Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck The Prayer - As popularized by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli FIRST DANCE Eyerything - Michael Bublé Let's stay tögether - AI Green At Last - by Etta James As Time Goes By- from Casablanca Make You Feel My Love - by Adele PARENT/CHILD DANCES Unforgettable - Nat King Cole The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra Through the Years– Kenny Rogers My Girl – The Temptations What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong RECESSIONALS Ode to Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles Vedding March (A Midsummer Night's Dream) -Felix Mendelsohn Hornpipe (Water Music] – George F. Handel Trumpet Tune- Henry Purcell LAST DANCE Last Dance - Donna Summer Theme from New York, New York- Frank Sinatra Your Song - Elton John Footloose– Kenny Loggins Closing Time - Semisonic MUSIC DO'S AND DON'T'S DON'T Blow out speakers Forget to review music agreements Wait to last minute to book musicians Forget to let musicians know of changes DO Make lists of your musicial preferences Use music to set mood Remember guest preferences Have song variety Have music during mingling Feed musicians BEING IN TUNE WITH EACH OTHER Make sure you and your musicians know. Eyent date, time, address Musiçian stąrt and end time Members of musical group Equipment yoU supply vs musician supplies Fees Overtime ratęs Åpplicable misc, fees Deposit and balancę due dates Cancellation and refund policy Weather and staging requirements Breaks Contingency plans for outdoor weddings Wedding Musician Checklist 9+ Months before the Wedding O Choose the mood you want to set O Find at least three musicians or groups to contact O Contact musician with following: OWedding Date, time, location, portion of wedding that music is requested for O Ask if consultation is available O Meet with musician(s) for a consultation and live samples if available O BOOK YOUR MUSICIANS O SIGN AND RETURN CONTRACT O Make payment if required 6 - 9 months before wedding O Confirm music you want for: O Ceremony O Cocktail Hour/Reception/Dinner O Confirm music you do not want O Confirm a contact person O Confirm that wedding coordinator, venue providers, and other parties are aware of the musician(s)'s requirements and necessities and times O Review the entire contract 2 Weeks Before Wedding - 6 months before wedding O Notify musician(s) of any changes from the time the contract was signed. Day of Wedding - 2 Weeks Before Wedding O Make any final payments O Relax and enjoy the journey to marriage After the Wedding Make any final payments O Send the musician(s) a review or feedback of the musical services O Establish whether or not the musician(s) may publish your credited statements

The Complete Guide to Wedding Musicians

shared by elizabethbawel on Sep 20
The Complete Guide provides information to brides on how to find musicians, what to look for in your musicians, some of the most popular song choices, and a complete checklist.


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